Another shark film, because they are always highlighted as one of the worst predators in the kingdom, so one after another more shark films come out expressing this danger they perceive. Well anyway, this one is bigger, much bigger than the shark films we’ve all seen in cinema before. A 65+ foot shark, one considerably bigger than any other, and this one has come up to surface for its first time.
The plot is pretty simple. A group of biologists and divers are determined in discovering more of the ocean. In a mission, they send down a submarine past known ocean trenches to determine whether it is deeper than anyone has ever believed. In a successful and life-changing realisation, they uncover a world beneath the once-believed ocean floor, but in doing so they uncover a life-threatening creature. A shark thought to be prehistoric and extinct, this submarine opens a gate for a megalodon to break to surface. This is where it begins exploring where it’s never been before. I’m making it sound so much more brilliant than the plot actually was: a huge shark is released from it’s temperature cage deep below. Then the people who released it, try to resolve their problem. In which just leads to a mass of “stop chasing the big angry shark with silly ideas”.
‘The Meg’ is definitely built off jump scares. I wouldn’t say this was a thrilling horror, but there were parts that did make me tense, waiting for the jump scare because that’s all that could happen really, especially with the size of the shark. Most of the time, we could see the shark we knew where it was, we knew it was heading straight for the people. But some jump scares were effective. As odd as it sounds, a shark as big as that and threatened to be so much more dangerous, I thought it would have more catastrophic moments on screen. Regardless, things came a bit unbelievable with its abilities and strengths. To say the least, a giant squid was more able to break down a glider submarine than a shark was… Everything seemed a bit fortunate. Which isn’t always the best thing for a horror. Not saying, I wanted every character to die, no no not at all! Just a bit coincidental and created a slight uninterest to the threat. It wasn’t the most amazing shark film.
As the characters go, we don’t actually know much about them. Jason Statham plays the main protagonist worried over events of unsuccessful dives. His character is quite serious, but that’s usually the characters he plays. Everything seems very natural with the characters, we know more about them as we watch. Some characters did come across stronger than others, for example it was great to have a character that also brought some comedy, aka DJ (Page Kennedy). However, I did feel like there was some moments of awkward acting, but that may have just been me.
Not unlike to ‘Jaws’, the spectacle of the huge, prehistoric shark was the centre of the film. Particularly the ending was a huge spectacle, slightly unrealistic, but a spectacle nonetheless. It wasn’t a terrible film, it built jump scares well. It didn’t have a complicated plot but that was because it was about a shark and nothing else. I wouldn’t watch it over and over again, but I definitely didn’t regret watching it. It’s another shark film, among the mass of all others.